The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education have launched a new website designed to continue both organizations’ missions of empowering and engaging teachers and students in science education. Hosting a wide variety of free science tools and resources, Siemens Science Day provides standards-based videos, tools and hands-on activities for earth, life and physical science that educators can use to turn 4th - 6th grade students into aspiring scientists, the announcement states.
Each activity on the website includes complete how-to information, step-by-step directions for in-class use, materials lists, at-home extensions that promote learning beyond the classroom, and related video clips. More activities will be added to the website in the coming months, creating a rich database of science experiments and demonstrations that help students learn by doing.
Educators visiting Siemens Science Day also are encouraged to enter the Ultimate Cool School Science Day Sweepstakes. The winning teacher will win an assembly for his/her school that is not only fun and interactive, but also underscores the importance of science literacy and the need for science resources in schools. Discovery Networks will present the assembly, which will consist of videos, mind benders, and interactive demonstrations. Entries will be accepted through March 2, 2009.
Earlier this year, the Siemens Foundation, Discovery, and the National Science Teachers Association partnered to launch the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. The first and only national K-12 sustainability education initiative aligned to education standards, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge empowers teams of two to three middle school students to identify an environmental issue in their community, research the issue using scientific investigation, and create a replicable green solution using web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education.
The mentors of the first 100 teams to register and ultimately complete a project for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will receive an award-winning Planet Earth series DVD set. Submissions from middle school students will be accepted through March 15, 2009. The initiative will expand to elementary schools in 2009 and to high schools in 2010.
Visit the Siemens Science Day website at www.siemensscienceday.com and the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge at www.wecanchange.com.
Source: Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com; the Siemens Foundation, www.siemens-foundation.org